HCL Artist Residency Program

HCL’s Flagship Program

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The 2019 Fall Artist Residency season runs from August 1 through December 8.

High Concept Labs’ Artist Residency Program is designed to promote the growth of artists and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support services including:

    • Rehearsal, workshop and performance space
    • Administrative and production assistance
    • Communications and design support
    • Audience development and media outreach
    • Artistic consultation
    • Photo and video documentation
    • Strategic networking for partnerships, funding, and creative collaborators
    • Teaching and workshop opportunities
    • Participation in HCL Artist Critique sessions
    • Field-based or cross-disciplinary mentorship
    • and more

Projects are chosen twice a year and and last one to three weeks. Each season is curated to represent emerging and established artists from a range of artistic disciplines. We sponsor development of projects through incubation, critique and showings of work in progress or final.

HCL Studio

The HCL Studio (Mary Lowe Bailey, 2016)

Successful applicants to the HCL Artist Residency are emerging or established artists or collectives with a history of successful work (need not be in same discipline as application project) and with clear goals for their residency. We do not accept artists currently enrolled in any form of degree program. Accepted artists are chosen to represent an array of artistic practices by members of HCL’s staff and Artistic Advisory Council.


Artists accepted into the program will be expected to attend an orientation meeting prior to their residency and provide a $125 fully-refundable deposit in the event damages occur to the HCL studio during their sponsorship. Resident Artists are encouraged to attend at least two work showings or critiques of fellow cohort members during the residency period. Artists accepted into the program will also be expected to attend and participate in the following events:

  • Welcome Dinner (July 31st, 6-8pm, 2019)
  • Open House/Send Off (December 7th, 2019)

the studio

The HCL studio is located on the fourth floor of Mana Contemporary in the Pilsen neighborhood. The 1,700 square foot studio is composed of two walls of glass, two solid walls, a sprung marley dance floor, and three doors. Included in the studio for use are two ceiling-mounted projectors, a PA system, a baby grand Steinway piano, folding chairs, and folding tables. Applicants should take note that the studio has two glass walls which allow in outside light and create a very reverberant room for sound and music. Given the two walls of glass, please be aware that activities in the studio are viewable by other artist tenants. Applicants are encouraged to come visit the space to see the layout and amenities. See our calendar for upcoming events.

Additional help

Additional information about the application can be found in the Helpful Hints document and Application Portal. Also check out SAIC’s recommendations for documenting performance.

See the listing of HCL Artists in Residence in the past >